Kidlit411 Birthday Bash 2017 Day 1: All About Books

© Julie Rowan-Zoch

Jan. 16, 2017

Welcome to Day 1 of the Kidlit411 Birthday Bash, celebrating our THIRD birthday! We have completed our third year of existence and are so happy that we are giving YOU presents!  



How does it work?

We are doing four days of giveaways to thank you for being a part of the wonderful community of people creating art and literature for children. All of the prizes are generously donated so please thank the authors, illustrators, educators, and agents involved. 

Here is the lineup: 

  • TODAY: MONDAY, Jan. 16: All About Books - win some of the newest releases from authors and publishers
  • TUESDAY, Jan. 17: All About Craft (Courses)  - win courses in writing & illustrating to perfect your work
  • WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18: All About Critiques win opportunities to get critiques of your works in progress and art
  • THURSDAY, Jan. 19: All About Submissions - win Golden Query Passes to get to the head of the line for agents

Each prize has its own Rafflecopter widget. You must enter each prize separately. (Sign in with your name and email for each widget and follow the instructions). Taking an action once (like commenting on this post or following us on Twitter) qualifies you for all of that day's giveaways. 

If you win these books, a great way to thank the authors and publishers is to leave your honest reviews of the books online.

Day 1's book giveaways will end at noon, on Monday, January 23, 2017.


TODAY'S GIVEAWAYS: ALL ABOUT BOOKS

The first step to becoming a writer is to be a reader, so start the year off with some great books. Each of the featured authors or publishers have generously donated recent or upcoming books.


PRIZE 1: Drew Daywalt's CRAYONS Books

Win signed copies of Drew Daywalt's award-winning books, THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT and the THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME.  Read about Drew at our Kidlit411 interview.

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PRIZE 2: Deborah Diesen Books

Win two signed books by award-winning author Debbie Diesen,  THE POUT POUT FISH and CATCH A KISS. Read about Deborah at our Kidlit411 interview.

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PRIZE 3: Marcie Colleen's SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS Books

Win the first two books of Marcie Colleen's chapter books series, THE SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS: GNAWING AROUND and  KNOCK KNOCK ON WOOD.

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Prize 4: Newbery & Caldecott Prize Pack

Win a copy of the winners of the 2017 Newberry and Caldecott Awards. . .RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe and THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill! (Not signed, donated by Kidlit411) 

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PRIZE 5: Lee & Low Books Prize Pack


Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children's book publisher in the country. Win 5 recently published and award-winning books! 

INK AND ASHES, by Valence E. Maetani (Tu Book’s New Visions Award winner) (2015) Claire Takata discovers that her long-deceased father was a member of the yakuza, a Japanese organized crime syndicate. The race to outrun her father’s legacy reveals secrets of his past that cast ominous shadows, threatening Claire, her friends and family, her newfound love, and ultimately her life.  

A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, by Sylvia Liu, illustrated by Christina Forshay (New Voices Award winner) (2016)  Mei Mei and her grandpa spend a morning teaching each other tai chi and yoga. While Mei Mei is a bit too hyper for Gong Gong’s graceful movements, he’s a bit too inflexible for her stretchy, bendy poses.

 OLINGUITO, FROM A TO Z!, by Lulu Delacre (2016). With lyrical text in both Spanish and English, we discover the bounty of creatures living in the cloud forest in the Andes of Ecuador. We also help a zoologist look for the elusive olinguito, the first new mammal species identified in the Americas since 1978.


THE THREE LUCYS, by Hayan Charara (New Voice Honor Award winner) (2016). Lula and his parents have left their beloved cats, Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy, at home while visiting the city. When his hometown comes under attack, Luli worries about his pets and whether he can return home. Inspired by real events of the July War in Lebanon, this story of loss, rebuilding, and healing is a tribute to the sustaining love of family, and to the power of the human spirit.


TINY STITCHES, by Gwendolyn Hudson Hooks (2016). Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien Thomas was an unheralded pioneer in children’s heart surgery. As a research assistant to Dr. Alfred Blalock in the 1930s and 40s, Vivien was asked to help Dr. Helen Taussig to find a cure for a specific heart defect. After months of experimenting, Vivien developed a procedure that was used for the first successful open-heart surgery on a child, but failed to receive recognition for the surgical technique, the Blalock-Taussig shunt.

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PRIZE 6: NorthSouth Books Prize Pack

NorthSouth Books is proud to publish beautiful picture books from all around the world! Enter to win some of their latest offerings.


BEAR WHO COULDN'T SLEEP, by Caroline Nastro, illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva (2016) There’s no place like home when it’s time for bed. When Bear can’t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City—a parade, Central Park, hot dogs, and more! But when he finally gets tired and looks for a place to rest . . . he learns why it’s called the city that never sleeps. What’s a bear to do? 

THE GREEN UMBRELLA, by Jackie Azua Kramer, Illustrator Maral Sassouni (Feb. 2017) Things aren’t always what they seem in this charming tale of imagination, sharing and friendship. When Elephant takes a peaceful walk with his green umbrella, he’s interrupted by Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit—all claiming that they’ve had exciting adventures with his umbrella. After all, it is an umbrella, and it certainly hasn’t been on any adventures more exciting than a walk in the rain. Or has it?


HOLD YOUR TEMPER, TIGER, by Carol Roth, illustrated by Rashin (March 2017) A playful look at managing tempers for tigers of every age. Little Tiger has a temper! He stomps his paws, cries, and growls when he doesn't want to do something. But when his mom says “Hold your temper or else,” Little Tiger has to make some changes. Where will he hold his temper? In his pocket . . . in his underwear


SURF'S UP, by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Daniel Miyares (2016) Surf's up! Not yet, Dude! Books are boring! Not this one! Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious. Before you can shout 'Surf's up!' both frogs are sharing the same adventure, that is, until they get to the beach. Newborn Award Medal Winner, Kwame Alexander, and Daniel Miyares have joined forces to give little listeners a wild ride.


PRIZE 7: 25th Anniversary of THE RAINBOW FISH Prize Pack from NorthSouth Books


In 2017, NorthSouth Books will be celebrating 25 Years of THE RAINBOW FISH all year long! A winner will receive this prize pack after April 2017.

 THE RAINBOW FISH CLASSIC EDITION with Stickers, by Marcus Pfister. Nothing is nicer than sharing and giving! For 25 years the little fish with the sparkling scales, who learned to conquer his vanity, has enchanted children and grown-ups all over the world.  To celebrate the 25th anniversary, this picture book classic is now available in a special limited edition, beautifully designed with half-linen cover, and a specially inserted page of bonus glittery stickers.

YOU CAN'T WIN THEM ALL, RAINBOW FISH! by Marcus Pfister (June 2017) A brand new title in the bestselling Rainbow Fish series. Everyone loses once in a while. But being a good sport when you lose isn't always easy not even for Rainbow Fish. A lighthearted look at accepting loss without losing your sparkle.

RAINBOW FISH AND THE BIG BLUE WHALE, by Marcus Pfister  A new paper over board edition. Rainbow Fish crosses paths with a big blue whale. The gentle creature loves watching the sparkling fish at play, but because of his size, the little fish are suspicious and assume he is up to no good. The misunderstanding quickly escalates as, hurt and angry, the whale lashes out at them. Their worst fears seem to be coming true, and it's up to Rainbow Fish to save them all from disaster. Full-color with holographic foil stamping.

THE RAINBOW FISH PUZZLE BOX A beautiful box of jigsaw puzzles! Celebrate 25 years of Rainbow Fish with this fun family activity.



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PRIZE 8: Charlesbridge Prize Pack

Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Win three of their latest releases!
  

WHOSE POOP IS THAT? by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Kelsey Oseid (Jan 2017). This simple, and yes, charming book asks this question about seven examples of animal poop. By investigating visual clues, young readers can learn to identify the animal through its droppings. 

LOLA GETS A CAT by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw (Feb. 2017) Lola wants a cat, but Mommy says taking care of a pet is a lot of work. So Lola does her homework. At the library she finds books about cats and she and Mommy learn as much as they can. When the time comes, Lola is allowed to pick out her new friend at an animal shelter. With patience and care, her kitten settles in at home. 

WHOOSH!: LONNIE JOHNSON’S SUPER-SOAKING STREAM OF INVENTIONS by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate (2016).You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of the top twenty toys of all time. And it was an accidental discovery that brought it into being. Trying to create a new cooling system for rockets, inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for this iconic toy.


PRIZE 9: Creston Books Prize Pack

Creston Books is a Bay Area small children's book press focusing on diverse voices, debut talent, and high-quality stories.


HILDIE BITTERPICKLES NEEDS HER SLEEP, by Robin Newman, illustrated by Chris Ewald (2016) Hildie Bitterpickles has the perfect home until a cast of noisy neighbors move in next door. Who can sleep near a giant clomping on his beanstalk, children running all over their shoe house or three blind mice who like to play with hammers and saws?


IN A VILLAGE BY THE SEA, by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu (2015) Written in a spare, lyrical style using fresh, evocative imagery, Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home. A perfect book for teaching about diverse cultures and lifestyles through rich pictures and words, moving from the wide world to the snugness of home and back out again. Authored by a woman who left  Viet Nam as part of the influx of “boat people,” this book pays homage to a disappearing culture.

THE BIG ADVENTURES OF MR. SMALL, by JoAnn Adinolfi (2016) Mr. Small is a hamster with a big hunger for adventure. When he leaves his cozy cage and meets Dusty Bunny, he faces the biggest adventure of all – ghting the Dust Sucker 3000! Will Mr. Small defeat the evil vacuum cleaner or will he lose his friend to its voracious appetite?


THE LITTLE TREE, by Muon Van, illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi (2015) When the Little Tree sees the world around her narrowing, she worries what life will be like for her Little Seed. Until she decides to take the biggest risk of all and let Little Seed find a richer life on her own.




PRIZE 10: Perseus/Running Press KidsPrize Pack

Running Press is a place where books come to have fun. It publishes a range of picture books to YA, with a focus on content that inspires and entertains.


BEAUTIFUL by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. (2016) BEAUTIFUL breaks barriers by showing girls free to be themselves: splashing in mud, conducting science experiments, and reading books under a flashlight with friends. This book will encourage all girls to embrace who they are and realize their endless potential. 

ROAR AND SPARKLES GO TO SCHOOL by Sarah Beth Durst, illustrated by Ben Whitehouse (releases June 2017) Roar is worried about his first day at school. What if he'll have to do really hard things, like molt his scales or fly over a volcano? And what if his teacher doesn't like dragons? Luckily, his big sister Sparkles is eager to lead the way.

RACE CAR DREAMS by Sharon Christie, illustrated by Dave Mottram (2016). After a long day at the track, zipping and zooming, it is time for a race car to prepare for bed. He washes his rims, fills his tummy with oil, and chooses a book that is all about speed. Race Car Dreams is a perfect bedtime book for the youngest car fans. 

DAREDEVIL DUCK by Charlie Adler (2015). Daredevil Duck is afraid of everything. But that doesn't stop him from dreaming of being brave. The book features several flaps that allow readers to see Daredevil Duck both as he is and as he imagines himself.


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PRIZE 11: A Bundle of 2016 and 2017 Picture Book Debuts

How exciting to be introduced to new picture book creators! One person will win TWENTY-THREE 2016 and 2017 debut picture books. (If you win this, you will get the 2017 books mailed to you as they are published).


WHERE ARE THE WORDS? by Jodi McKay, illustrated by Denise Holmes (Albert Whitman 2016) Period wants to write a story, but he is at a loss for words. With the help of his punctuation pals he finally finds some words and together they write quite a tale.


TRAINS DON'T SLEEP, by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum, illustrated by Deirdre Gill (HMH, May 2017) A bedtime ode to the power, magic and majesty of locomotives.


DADDY DEPOT, by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Andy Snair (Feiwel & Friends, May 2017) Lizzie loves her dad, but he tells the same old jokes, falls asleep during story time, and gets distracted by football. When she sees an ad for a store called Daddy Depot, she decides to check it out―and finds dads of all kinds! Will Lizzie find the perfect dad? 
SALAD PIE by Wendy BooydeGraaff, illustrated by Bryan Langdon (Ripple Grove Press, 2016) All Maggie wants is the park to herself so she can make Salad Pie, but Herbert wants to play, too.





WHAT GEORGE FORGOT, by Kathy Wolff, illustrated by Richard Byrne (Bloomsbury, July 2017). George has this funny feeling that there is something he is forgetting as he's getting ready for school...but what is it? Laugh along with him as he tries to figure out just what George forgot.



TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VAN DER ZEE, by Andrea Loney, illustrated by Keith Mallett (Lee & Low, Spring 2017, 2014 New Voices Award winner) From a young age, James Van Der Zee longed to share his vision of the world with others. When he discovered photography, this dream became a reality. James worked hard to build his own business, where he specialized in highlighting the black middle class of Harlem, an aspect of American society rarely showcased at the time.


A SYMPHONY OF COWBELLS, by Heather Preusser, illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen (Sleeping Bear Press Mar 2017) When Petra's favorite cow, Elfi, loses her bell the whole herd is out of harmony and refuses to move. Will Petra be able to find Elfi's bell before it's too late?


I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES, by Alison Goldberg, illustrated by Mike Yamada (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Dec 2017) Love can be stronger than the strongest excavator and steadier than the steadiest tugboat. I Love You for Miles and Miles is a love book for children who love trucks, boats, planes, and trains.


THE BOOK OF MISTAKES, by Corinna Luyken (Dial Books for Young Readers, April 2017)  As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways. This story shows readers that even the biggest “mistakes” can be the source of the brightest ideas—and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.


MR. MCGINTY'S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden, illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen (Sleeping Bear Press 2016)
When Mr. McGinty and his dog, Sophie, discover all the milkweed in town has been mowed, they must find a way to save the monarch caterpillars!



THE WILLIAM HOY STORY: HOW A DEAF BASEBALLPLAYER CHANGED THE GAMEwritten by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya (Albert Whitman 2016). The true story of William Hoy, one of the first deaf major league baseball players, who taught umpires and teammates the signs we use today so that he could pay the game he loved.


GRANDMOTHER THORN, by Katey Howes, illustrated by Rebecca Hahn (Ripple Grove Press Sept 2017) Grandmother Thorn treasures her garden, but when a persistent plant sprouts without her permission, Grandmother begins to unravel. A dear friend, the passage of seasons, and a gift only nature can offer help Grandmother Thorn discover that some things are beyond our control, and that sweetness can blossom in unexpected places.  

MAGNOLIA MUDD AND THE SUPER JUMPTASTIC LAUNCHER DELUXE, by Katey Howes, illustrated by Vallerio Fabretti (Sterling Fall 2017)  Irrepressibly inventive Magnolia Mudd lives for Fridays, when she and her rocket-scientist uncle create incredible new contraptions. But when adorkable Uncle Jamie announces his engagement to oh-so-fancy Miss Emily, Mags must find a Mudd-powered way to be part of the big day.


A FRIEND FOR MOLE by Nancy Armo (Peachtree Publishers 2016). An accidental encounter throws Mole and Wolf together. One is afraid of the light, the other is afraid of the dark. Together they build a friendship that helps them conquer their fears.


HERE TO THERE AND ME TO YOU, by Cheryl Keely, illustrated by Celia Krampien (Sleeping Bear Press Feb 2017) Bridges are some of the most fascinating structures in our landscape. From towering suspension bridges to humble stone crossings, this book visits them all and reminds us that their main purpose is bringing people together.

 CITY SHAPES, by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown, 2016) Hunt for shapes of all kinds on this journey through a bustling city, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier!



GRIMELDA, THE VERY MESSY WITCH, by Diana Murray, illustrated by Heather Ross (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2016) Grimelda wants to make a pickle pie but can't find the main ingredient in her very messy home.



NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, by Diana Murray, illustrated by Leslie Lammle (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2016) The rugged pirate captain and crew disapprove of Ned's knitting obsession...until a hungry sea monster attacks the ship, and Ned knows just how to save the day.

GROGGLE'S MONSTER VALENTINE, by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bats Langley (Sky Pony Press, 2017) Groggle wants to make the perfect valentine for Snarlina, his "beast" friend in the world, but his monster appetite gets in the way.



BAT COUNT, by Anna Forrester, illustrated by Susan Detwiler
(Arboreal, Feb 2017) Jojo is excited to curl up by the campfire with her parents and brothers to count the bats flying out of the family's barn. But she is worried too, because the colony has been shrinking. BAT COUNT introduces bats, white nose syndrome, and the empowering practice of citizen science in a story of action, reassurance and hope.

FRESH-PICKED POETRY: A DAY AT THE FARMER'S MARKET, by Michelle Schaub, illustrated by Amy Huntington (Charlesbridge Mar  2017) Through eighteen lively poems, follow the adventures of two new friends and their canine companions as they discover how much there is to love at the local farmers’ market.

LUCY'S LOVEY, by Betsy Devany, illustrated by Christopher Denise (Henry Holt 2016) Lucy's favorite lovey, Smelly Baby, is her most loyal companion. Then disaster strikes as Smelly Baby accidentally flies out the car window and gets LOST! What will Lucy do without Smelly Baby in her life?

SWEET DREAMS, SARAH, by Vivian Kirkfield, illustrated by Chris Ewald (Creston Books Nov. 2017) Sarah E.Goode was one of the first African-American women to get a U.S. patent. Working in her husband's furniture store, she recognized a need for a multi-use bed and through hard work, ingenuity, and determination, invented her unique cupboard bed. She built more than a piece of furniture. She built a life far away from slavery, a life where her sweet dreams could come true.



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P.S. Isn't our Birthday Banner by the talented Julie Rowan-Zoch awesome? She made it for us in Year 1 and we love it so much, we bring it out every year. Thanks, Julie!
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307 comments:

  1. Wonderful prizes! A big thank you to all the authors!

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  2. Thanks for all the great prizes!

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  3. Fabulous book prizes today. TY to all the generous authors and, of course, Sylvia and Elaine.

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  4. What a wonderful opportunity. So many beautiful stories out there.

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  5. Happy happy birthday!!! I'm so lucky to have been invited to the party. :) Thank you for all the wonderful presents!

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  6. Wow! Happy Birthday! I'm so grateful for all the work you do - I love seeing a new Kidlit411 every week!

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  7. Happy Birthday! Thanks for these wonderful gifts. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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  8. Happy Birthday! Those are some fantastic prizes! I'm drooling over all the books. :) Thank you to everyone who donated prizes! And to Sylvia and Elaine as well. Yay!

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  9. What a wonderful site you have created! Congratulations to all!

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  10. Happy Birthday Kidlit! I'm so happy you were born:> Keep up the good work!

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  11. So many fun prizes! Thanks for creating such a fun site.

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  12. Wow! I'm so happy to be included in this wonderful group. Thank you to all the talented authors for sharing their books with us. I agree--I need to read, read, and read some more to learn my craft.

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  13. Happy HAPPY birthday KitLit411!! Thanks for sharing all these giveaways!

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  14. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  15. Happy Birthday,KidLit411! Thank you authors for your generous prize donations!

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  19. Happy Birthday! Thank you for all these great prizes :o)

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  20. Happy Birthday! I actually can't believe it's only been 3 years... I don't think I realized that when I joined 2 years ago. Way to make a big splash in such a short period of time! -Ryan Roberts :)

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  21. Happy Birthday! So many great books- I'd be happy to win any of them!

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  22. Congratulations on your third year. You provide us so much wonderful info all year long and now, prizes. You are amazing. Thanks

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  23. Happy, happy birthday! Thank you so much for all that you do for the kidlit community! It's made such a difference in journey!

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  24. Wow! It's your birthday, but you're giving all the gifts!! Can't wait to share these books with 600+ kids at my PreK-5 grade school library where I work.

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  25. Happy, happy birthday week! What a gift you give us every day, and now even more. Thanks for all you do!

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  26. Wow! This is a great list of books.

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  27. Happy birthday, KidLit 411! Thank you for everyone's generosity and for always sharing such great information! :)

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  29. Happy Birthday, KidLit411! Thanks for all you do for the community!

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  32. Happy Birthday, KidLit411! Wonderful prizes! Thank you!

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  33. Oh my word, SO MANY awesome books! Happy Birthday KidLit 411. I can't imagine my writing career without you!

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  34. Happy birthday, Kidlit411! Thank you for everything you do for the kidlit community.

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  37. What an extravaganza! Thanks to all the generous people sharing their books!

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  38. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411! Thank-you to the talented authors willing to share your books

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  39. Happy third birthday! Thanks for creating this wonderful website!

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  40. So many great and generous prizes. Thanks to those who contributed, and happy birthday, Kidlit411!

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  41. AMAZING sets of books and prize packages. Thank you Elaine, Sylvia, and everyone who donated books! Happy Birthday!

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  42. Wow! So many wonderful books!
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  43. What an amazing collection of books! Happy birthday KidLit411!

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  44. Wow! Such great books! Extremely generous offers here, one of the wonderful things about the kidlit community.

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  45. Happy birthday, KidLit411! Thanks for everything you do! All the great info, the support, the camaraderie. You make the kidlit world a wonderful place.

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  46. Happy Birthday Kidlit 411! Thank you for all the help and giveaways to assist people with their writing and illustration dreams! Shoutout for Elaine, Sylvia, and all the wonderful folks who donated books!

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  47. Fabulous prizes. I feel like a kid in a candy store. So excited!

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  48. Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! Love the giveaways!

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  51. So many great books! What a way to celebrate this wonderful resource.

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  52. Happy happy birthday Kidlit411! And WOW, thank you for such a great giveaway too :)

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  53. Happy, Happy Birthday, KidLit411. Best Birthday giftbags EVER. May all your generosity come back to you in loads of success!

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  54. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate - with books OF COURSE! So many neat, new titles...

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  56. Happy Birthday! What an amazing line up of books!

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  57. Happy birthday! Woo hoo! So many beautiful amazing books! Thanks for the hard work!

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  58. What an unbelievable bunch of prizes! Happy Birthday, Elaine and Sylvia. Kidlit411 is the BEST!

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  60. So many wonderful books. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  62. WOWOWOW! Look at all these great books! Thanks and Happy Birthday, KidLit411!

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  63. Thank you for all you do and Happy Birthday!

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  64. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411! Love being part of this, and the writing community as a whole! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

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  65. Happy birthday! These books are a great way to celebrate!

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  66. Happy Birthday! And we get the presents!

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  67. Wonderful week, Wonderful prizes. Love this site! Thanks for all you do.

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  68. Happy Birthday! These are wonderful prizes. Thank you!

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  69. Happy birthday! What excitement! Thank you for all of these giveaways.

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  70. Happy Birthday and thanks to all who donated! Very generous!

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  71. It's wonderful to see so many celebrating Kidlit411's third birthday and supporting this helpful site!

    Sydney O'Neill

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  72. And this is only Day 1??

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  73. Thank you, Kidlit 411! Happy Birthday!

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  74. This is SO incredible!! Happy Birthday Kidlit!!!! Woot! :)

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  75. Happy Birthday Kidlit411. Thank you for being a wonderful kidlit resource. Great prizes.

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  76. Happy Birthday Kidlit411! What a fabulous celebration!! :-)

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  77. Happy Birthday! Thank you for running such a wonderful website, for the giveaways, and for the community you foster! <3

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  78. What a great list of books! Thank you,Kidlit and thank you to the authors!

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  79. WooHoo! Happy Birthday KIDLIT411! Thank you Sylvia and Elaine for all you do for this community! Thanks for the awesome birthday bash!

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  80. Congratulations, Sylvia and Elaine...and Happy Birthday to KidLit411. And...every hat in my closet is off to you guys...this post must have taken FOREVER to put together. What an amazing array of beautiful books. Thank you for all that you do for our kid lit community! We are lucky to have you. ;)

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  81. So many fantastic books! Happy birthday, KidLit!

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  82. What amazing prizes - over 50 books! Happy Birthday KidLit411! Sylvia and Elaine, WOW!!!

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  83. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411! Thank you for being awesome and for this amazing celebration. What an incredible list of book prizes!

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  84. Happy birthday!! Thanks for the celebration- fantastic lineup!

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  85. Happy Birthday 411! Thanks for putting together some great prizes.

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  86. Thank you to all the generous authors. Kidlit411 is new to me, and I'm looking forward to learning from it.

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  87. What a wonderful thing to celebrate, children's literature.
    Thank you.

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  88. Happy birthday Kidlit411! Thank you for all you do for aspiring authors. I have learned so much.

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  89. Oh my goodnes, oh my goodness! What a splenid day! Thank you so much KidLit 411. We love you beyond words. :)

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  90. So many generous people in the kidlit community. This is an amazing give-away. Thanks to all.

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  91. Happy birthday! Thanks for all you do for the kidlit community! Excited to be sharing DADDY DEPOT this year.

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  92. Happy, Happy birthday Kidlit411! It has been a wonderful experience having so much information and support in finding my way in this writing world...and you all are wonderful! I was so excited seeing all the amazing and lovely books that are out...and can't wait to read them all!! Thank you for supporting and inspiring us....

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  93. Happy Birthday Kidlit 411 and thank you for the generous giveaways! Grateful to be part of this incredible community.

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  95. Congratulations to you both, Elaine and Sylvia on 3 wonderful Kidlit411 years!😊 HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Here's to another amazing year. 🎂

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  96. Happy birthday, Kidlit411!! So happy to be a part of your family! Thank you for so many amazing prize opportunities!!

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  97. Wow, these are amazing and very generous prizes. Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! So glad to be a part of such a wonderful community here.

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  98. Happy birthday Kidlit411! Thank you, Elaine and Sylvia, for all that you do for all of us!

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  99. Holy cow! There are so many books on here! Thank you Kidlit411 and all the awesome publishers and authors!!!!

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  100. Happy, Happy Birthday Kidlit411! You have done an amazing job keeping this kidlit community abreast of all things . . . well, KIDLIT! You have worked tirelessly on this. And these gifts are DA BOMB!

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  101. Wow! So many wonderful prizes!

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  102. Yay! So many wonderful prizes! Happy happy birthday!

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  103. Happy Birthday Kidlit411 . And a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful book donors!

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  104. So many wonderful books! Thanks!

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  105. Happy birthday Kidlit411.
    Thanks for offering such great prizes to celebrate.

    Linda Hofke

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  106. Happy Birthday and thanks!

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  107. Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! Thank you for sharing your birthday with all of us!

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  108. Congratulations on your birthday! I feel so lucky to be a part of this community!

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  109. Congratulations to you both, Elaine and Sylvia on 3 wonderful Kidlit411 years!😊 HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Here's to another amazing year. 🎂

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  110. Happy Birthday! Here's to another feat year of 411. And thank you for this wonderful celebration!

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  111. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411. I look forward to your posts every week. It's your birthday, yet you're giving the gifts - super prizes. Thank you for doing this!

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  112. Wow amazing prizes! Happy Birthday!

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  113. Happy Birthday!! What a fantastic way to celebrate. <3

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  114. You always know how to throw a party! Great golly! There is something for everyone here! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  115. Wow!! What a fantastic group of prizes! Happy birthday, Kidlit411!

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  116. Happy Birthday!! Thank you for highlighting so many beautiful stories.

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  117. Happy Birthday! Thank you for always being an inspirational place for me!

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  118. Happy 3rd Birthday, Kidlit411! Thank you for all that you provide!

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  119. Happy Birthday! The gift of books! The best kind. Thank you for being a wonderful writer's resource!

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  120. Many Happy Returns of your 3rd Year Kidlit 411!!! Wow what a fantastic book-bonanza being offered up, many thanks for all the beautifully rich books and your orchestrating of them.

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  121. Amazing! What a lovely giveaway to celebrate your birthday!!��

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  122. Happy Birthday! I'm inspired by all these amazing books! Thank you!

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  123. Thank you and Happy Birthday, Kidlit411! Amazing prizes and opportunities!

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  124. Happy B-Day Kidlitters! Thanks for all of the amazing goodies and for spreading the kidlit goodness around!

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  125. Wow! These are all awesome! Happy birthday KidLitters! Thanks for all these book treats.

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  126. Happy Birthday, KidLit 411! I'd love you guys even without the prizes. Thanks so much for making this info accessible to all. You're amazing.

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  127. That's a lot of books! Happy birthday kidlit411!

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  129. Shouldn't we be giving YOU books for your birthday?! :) Congratulations on your third birthday and thanks for the fantastic and generous giveaway!

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  130. Amazing! What a wonderful and generous way to celebrate (as if the incredible resources you already offer weren't enough!!). Karla VA

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  131. What an amazing lineup of giveaways! Congratulations Kidlit411 on your third birthday!

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  132. Happy Birthday, Kidlit411 . What an amazing birthday party you're giving! Thank you.

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  134. Happy birthday! These are fantastic gifts!

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  135. Happy Birthday! Thank you for these opportunities.

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  136. So many great books! Happy anniversary!

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  137. Happy Birthday - what a great kick-off to 2017. Thank you.

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  138. Happy happy birthday! Can't wait to see what's coming this year.

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  139. Happy Birthday Kidlit411 and great prizes.

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  140. Happy Birthday Kidlit 411! What a fun and generous way to celebrate! Thanks for including us and thanks to the authors!

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  141. WOWOWOW!! Fabulous giveaways - and Happy, HAPPY birthday Kidlit 411!!!

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  142. Happy Birthday! Thank you for the generous prizes!

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  143. Happy birthday! Thanks for the very generous giveaways!

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  144. Wow, amazing books...and happy natal day, Kidlit 411!!!

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  145. Happy Birthday kidlit411! Thank you for everything you do. These giveaways are amazing.

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  146. Happy Birthday to you... Thank you for everything you do... Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to You lol Thank you for all the wonderful chances for these great prizes!

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  148. Thank you for the opportunity. I don't know if I'm signing in at the right place.

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  149. This site is SO appreciated. What a great resource you have provided the kid lit community! Happy Birthday :)

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  150. KidLit411 is such a great resource--and a great community! Happy anniversary!!

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  151. What an amazing set of giveaways! Thanks for all you all do here at KidLit411 with sharing resources and interviews!

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  152. Happy, happy birthday! Aren't you supposed to be getting the gifts? Best goody bag ever. Thank you!

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  153. Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! Thanks for the year of insightful posts. Keep up the great work! :)

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  154. Nobody throws a party like KIDLIT411! Thanks, ladies, and Happy Birthday!

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  155. Wow - Happy Happy Birthday Kidlit 411! I can't get over these prizes - wonderful! Thank you for all you do for us writers. I look forward to your newsletters every week!

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  156. Thanks so much for the opportunity. I've been a part of the FB group for some time, a wonderful place to learn.

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  157. I'm moving my office to a different room in my house, and I've been purging my collection of books, so you know what that means, right? More room for new books! This party giveaway is perfectly timed. Even if I don't win, I've been introduced to books I hadn't been aware of, so THANKS!

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  158. Thank you Elaine and Sylvia - for everything you do for our kidlit community! And thanks to everyone who is so generously contributing all these amazing prizes. WOW!

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  159. So many great books -- you guys are amazing for pulling (and holding!) this all together!!

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  160. Happy Birthday, KidLit411! You're awesome!!! This is an amazing giveaway! Thanks!

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  161. Congratulations, KidLit411! Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

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  162. This is amazing! Thank you to KidLit 411 and all the authors and publishers who donated prizes!

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  163. Congrats to KidLit411 for this birthday milestone. Would love to win any of these fabulous books to share with my kiddos at school.

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  164. I just kept saying WOW! as I read through this post! How generous of you on YOUR birthday! Congrats, by the way.

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  165. So many wonderful books! This is amazing. And Happy Birthday, Kidlit411

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  166. And my list of books just keeps growing and growing. Happy Birthday Kidlit 411! Thanks for organizing all the info and then giving away wonderful prizes.

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  167. Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! What an amazing collection of books. Thank you for all that you do, and a special ‘Thank You’ to all the authors and publishers who donated prizes!


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  168. When you party, you party LARGE! Congratulations! And thank you!

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  169. Happy birthday, Kidlit 411! Wow! Party-hearty: you guys know how to celebrate! And many, many thanks to all those who donated books, too.

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  170. Thank you Kidlit411 for hosting such a wonderful birthday party! Thank you also to all the generous author attendees.

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  171. Happy birthday! And we're the ones who get gifts!

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  172. Wow! What an awesome list of fabulous gifts. Happy birthday and thank you!

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  173. Happy Birthday kidlit411. Thanks for inviting us to your party and for the fantastic gifts.

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  174. Happy Birthday! Your weekly email round ups are great- I can go quickly to the links I find pertinent. I'd love to win a signed copy of one of Drew's books. Fingers crossed.

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  175. Happy Birthday, KidLit411! The ultimate destination for kidlit content.

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  176. Wow, these are great! Happy Birthday kidlit!

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  177. Happy Birthday, KidLit411! These look like amazing gifts. Thanks to all who are donating these lovely books!

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  178. So many awesome prizes ... and great to see a few friends' books on the debut list.

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  179. Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! Thanks for your generosity and helpfulness throughout the years.

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  180. Wow! Happy Birthday, Kidlit 411! Love the way you give back to the community!

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  181. Super excited for any and all of these books!

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